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2 Chefs and a Table…and really bad music

Posted in Breakfast by Missy Shana on August 30, 2011

The Railtown district in Vancouver is not a very frequented one, but is truly a hidden gem in Vancouver. There are eclectic buildings, doorways and cafes at almost every turn. 2 Chefs and a Table is one of those hidden gems, located within the hidden gem of Railtown.

You’re like a riddle wrapped in an enigma, wrapped in a vest” – Lisa Simpson

It didn’t matter that there was a 30 minute wait, or that it was absolutely sweltering outside while we waited, or the fact that there were empty tables that were waiting to be sat in. 2 Chefs an a Table is one of the most charming restaurants I’ve ever had the pleasure of dining at.

The menu was not extensive, but rather refined to a single page of gourmet temptations. The kind of place where you don’t dare make customizations to your meal because you know that this is the way the meal should be eaten and must be eaten. I settled on the Spring Omelette which featured roasted vegetables, basil pesto, and parmesan cheese. Served with seasoned potatoes and whole wheat toast. The Omelette satisfied my hunger, albeit I didn’t see or taste a speck of pesto or Parmesan anywhere on my plate. And we all know that Parmesan is not exactly a mild cheese. Still, I was happy because my eyes were being seduced by the romantic interior design and the rustic structure of the building.

The experience wasn’t perfect. Unfortunately, this restaurant does not have a resident DJ, or anyone with a hint of music knowledge that could suss out some appropriate tunes for such a lovely atmosphere. At one point I heard two Taylor Swift songs in a row, blasted so loud I couldn’t even keep up a conversation with my dining partner. Bad music (or inappropriate music) is so distracting. I think there was one Frank Sinatra song thrown into the mix but the rest of the music was an awful array of artificial Top 40 radio hits that just didn’t suit the venue or their target customer, in my opinion.

Would I go back to 2 Chefs and a Table again? Yes. Do I pray every night that they will find someone to curate some appropriate music that will compliment the experience? Hell yes.

2 Chefs and a Table
305 Alexander St
Vancouver, BC.

Brunch weekends from 9:30am-2pm

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Eggs Benny at the Blue Fox – Victoria B.C.

Posted in Breakfast by Missy Shana on April 26, 2011

Overrated or not. Seeing that we were visiting from Vancouver it was fair to give the infamous Blue Fox Cafe a try.

What is it about overrated places? They’ve always got a line-up out the door, and you’re forced to stand there with all these miserable, freezing, hungry and hungover strangers who are just as foolish as you are to wait in line just because they want the ‘Best Breakfast in Town’. Pfft, I mean, come on.

Guilty as charged.

Once we sat down and ordered at Blue Fox we quickly realized why this place was so popular. Looking around at the patrons and the wait staff it was obvious that everyone felt cozy and at-home in the open and airy, brick-walled room. There were enough options on the menu to sate a variety of appetites, big, small, healthy, picky… whatever your issue might be.

Feeling adventurous, I ordered the Pacifico Benny: Wild Smoked Salmon, Avocado, Red Onion, Chipotle sauce, dredged in classic Hollandaise and cosied up next to an artistically assembled patch of fruit. The portions were very generous and the flavours surely satisfied my discerning palate.

However, I probably won’t order it again from this particular restaurant. As much as I love the taste of oily, smoked salmon paired with a poached egg and H-sauce, I don’t believe  it’s an easy combo to master. The salmon was a bit too thick-cut for my liking and there was so much Hollandaise poured over top that it was actually starting to ‘cook’ it. The smoked salmon on my Benny was no longer an opaque jewel-orange hue, but rather the color was turning a light pastel pink, which salmon normally turns when it is cooked through using heat (like in an oven).

This is simply my take on the dish. You might enjoy a larger helping of salmon on your Benny, or perhaps no salmon at all. Luckily, there are several different Benny options at Blue Fox to keep you happy. But remember, no smiling until your seated and your food’s arrived!

Blue Fox Cafe
919 Fort St
Victoria, BC

Blue Fox on Urbanspoon

Slickity Jim’s is back.

Posted in Breakfast by Missy Shana on April 7, 2011

Slickity Jim’s Chat and Chew
3469 Main St
Vancouver, BC

On why I love Café Medina

Posted in Breakfast by Missy Shana on March 5, 2011

Medina Café. This brunch/lunch spot has a guaranteed line-up on weekends with at least a 40 minute wait. But that doesn’t stop you from waiting for over an hour when you’re already starving or going back every other weekend, if you can afford it 🙂

What is it about this place? Could it be their smooth and rich lattes, americanos and espresso? Or maybe it’s their cute Belgium waffles, dusted with icing sugar and served with your choice of assorted gourmet dips, like white chocolate-pistachio-rosewater, raspberry caramel, fig-orange marmalade, berry compote, dark chocolate and so on.

If that’s not enough goodness to sway you, go ahead and order one of their absolutely finger-licking main dishes like le Cassoulet, la Tagine (pictured), or my personal favorite La Santé — a soft boiled egg (I usually ask for over-easy instead), vine ripened tomatoes, olive tapenade, avocado, prosciutto, a pot of extra virgin olive oil, and grilled ciabatta for dipping! Excuse me while I wipe the drool off my keyboard. Santé, translated from the French meaning “good health” or “cheers to your good health”. I would cheers to that, oui!

Medina Café
556 Beatty Street
Vancouver, B.C.

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